Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

by Christopher Moore
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Sacré Bleu: A Comedy of D'Art 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Rob_Ballister More than 1 year ago
Christopher Moore's latest novel SACRE BLEU is an extremely well researched off the wall romp through Paris' art nobility, taking place immediately after the death of Vincent Van Gogh. And some time before that. And during the time period shortly after the dinosaurs died... No, I'm not crazy. What starts as two friends (one a baker, the other a drunk, whoring aristocrat) trying to solve the death of their friend and fellow painter Vincent Van Gogh turns into a delving into the supernatural as the two meet a model (Juliette) and her odd, surly, dwarfish companion known only as "the Colorman." Along the way, the two interact with many from Paris' art scene, as well as numerous art patrons, prostitutes, a donkey named Etienne, and a genuine mad scientist. Anyone who has read Christopher Moore knows he has a wickedly warped sense of humor, and that shines through almost from the start in this book. But this book isn't just funny, it's so well researched it's almost educational. I am non-artsy, don't care a bit about Monet or Impressionalism, and still feel like I learned a ton about painters and styles of the day. On top of that, I had a pretty great time doing it! Some of Moore's other stories took place in a world he created. But here he proves his ability to paint on someone else's canvas (wow, I learned more than I thought!), and in doing so adds another dimension to his work. Christopher Moore fans, indeed fans of the comic novel in general, will thoroughly enjoy this book. If you do not find this review helpful, please leave a comment so that I know how I may improve my reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my fourth fave C Moore book after Lamb, Dirty Job ad Fool. Love the characters and as always the mystical female. This bastard is such a genius at dialogue and my jealousy of his talent grows with each new book
BookwormReflects More than 1 year ago
Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art By Christopher Moore Vincent van Gogh has been murdered; Lucien Lessard is a painter/baker/rat catcher once he learns of van Gogh’s demise he immediately heads to the Moulin Rouge in search of his closest friend Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The two of them spend a great deal of time together until Lucien’s ex-lover whom broke his heart returns and Lucien finds himself lost to Juliette and he even begins to loose large chunks of time not knowing where or what he was doing. Lucien’s family Toulouse Lautrec’s help in rescuing Lucien from the woman, once Henri tries to intervene he begins to uncover a shocking truth that not only effects Lucien but all painters. I have always been a fan of impressionism so I had worried that Christopher Moore may not be able to capture some of the paintings that I love, but he not only managed to make each artist outrageously funny and interesting but he brought to life some of the world’s most precious pieces of art. I have read a few of Christopher Moore’s novels before and I always end up laughing, if you have a crude sense of humor and can’t help but giggle at idiotic things then this will surely keep you enthralled if not then you may want to move on quickly. My favorite scene was Lucien as a boy in a graveyard trying to catch snails, when he spots one he says “Ah Ha” and in turn the snail says “Ah Ha” to which the young Lucien starts to run away screaming, that isn’t the entire scene of course you will have to actually read the book to find out more but it is a glimpse into the absurdity and childish humor I so love from Christopher Moore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love his books but this one sucked
BlackCougar More than 1 year ago
I am a BIG FAN of Christopher Moore's books and have bought and read every one of them. I have loved every single one - up until this one. Sacre Bleu lacks the wild imagination and irrverent humor that Moore had made me accustomed to. For one thing, I typically read his other books rather quickly - usually less than a week - because I didn't want to put them down. It took me two months to read Sacre Bleu. It was a difficult slog until Part III, when I finally felt like I wanted to pick up the book and see what would happen next. Parts I and II seemed like a tedious art history lesson that wasn't going anywhere. If not for my previous experiences with Moore's books, I would have tossed the book and looked for something else to read. However, I persevered - hoping the story would somehow come together - but I was very disappointed. Part III got better and closer to Moore's typical writing, but it just didn't achieve the brilliance of his other stories. The pace picked up, but it lacked punch. The chuckles that came were also few and far between. The two stars I gave it were because it was just okay as a standalone book. Unfortunately, compared to the rest of Moore's catalog, it surely deserved 0 stars. Sorry Christopher, but I buy your books for what they make me feel. This one let me down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you SURE Christopher Moore wrote this? Usually one can always count on him for refreshingly quirky characters and hilarious (if deeply bent) plots.But Sacre Bleu is just not funny.Perhaps his mistake is in taking the subject too seriously. I realize that not every book can be a gem, but this one is a real letdown after "Fool". Moore should stick to what he does best.
ReadsalotIN More than 1 year ago
I have read everything that Christopher Moore has written and loved them all, till now. The story line in Sacre Bleu is so slow and tiresome that I almost gave up finishing it. Which is a shame, the author is so worried about including so many historical facts the the story seems to go on forever. I just didn't find this book as witty and spell binding as his other works. If you haven't read a Christopher Moore novel before don't start with this book. His other works are much better.
j_violette More than 1 year ago
Moore does it again! This time out, the art world of late 19th Century Paris provides the backdrop for heinous f***ery most foul. Get a copy for yourself, and for your college roommate that had a poster of Monet's "Waterlilies" on the dorm-room wall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Christopher Moore's humor and writing. He reminds us that we don't have to take the world so seriously and can laugh, most often, at ourselves. I would recommend any of Moore's books, including this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my least favorite Christopher Moore book. It had his usual absurd, irreverent tone, but it just seemed esoteric to me, like I wasn't really getting most of the novel because I was unfamiliar with most of the artists who were characters. If you love and are very familiar with early modern European artists (Van Goh, Whistler, etc.), especially those in the Parisian scene where most of this novel takes place, and don't mind irreverence & the macabre, I suspect you will absolutely love this novel. If you're a fan of Moore's other work, but not an art afficionado, then I suggest you give this one a pass; it's a lot more dense and obscure than most of his other books. I found it overall entertaining (with my small knowledge of modern art), but at times frustrating or even boring as he delved into different artist stories. The character development is not very strong as he seems to be relying on readers to understand and know the historical characters that he is referencing. It has humor, but is very dark (much darker than the other books I've read by him).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best of Christopher Moore. I've reread this book several times now and still laugh at all of the quick wit. Historical fiction is a great genre and he serves it justice with Sacre Bleu. 
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It really lacks the humor that is normally in his books. It reads quite like a funny book without any humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual with Moore, the writing and fantasy are top notch, but Sacre Bleu is far from the funniest book in the authors cannon.
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mgoodrich718 More than 1 year ago
Sacre Bleu By Christopher Moore<br /> 4 Stars<br /> <br /> First, I have to say that I love authors like Moore and Gaiman. They are so versatile. Every book I've read from both of these authors has been uniquely theirs, but oh so different from one book to the next. And that is what really draws me in. I am late in discovering and loving these authors but they have a lot more in store for me. <br /> <br /> I have read three by Moore so far and have many more on my radar. The first of his that I read was Blood Sucking Fiends and have the rest of that series to go. Next was The Stupidest Angel which I found hilarious and that doesn't happen often for me.<br /> <br /> Then we have all that is Sacre Bleu. I had to get this book last year on principle alone. It was a book with an awesome cover that I just had to get to see for myself. It had Impressionist paintings throughout and was written in Bleu type!! How can you resist that?? Type, page cut, unique layouts etc. are big draws for me. Other examples of my love of this sort of thing would be Glen Duncan's The Last Werewolf where the page edges are a deep purple, Anne Rice's rough page cuts, which The Twelve Tribes of Hattie also has so that got points immediately, and The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx - amazingly put together book.<br /> <br /> So, once I got past just enjoying the aesthetics of the book, I got down to actually reading it. I like this type of book from Moore and will now move Fool up on my list to enjoy more of this style. <br /> <br /> Sacre Bleu involves the lives and daliances of many of your well known Impressionist painters and their paintings which are also incorporated and interwoven with the story. Van Gogh, Renoir, Manet, Monet and the list goes on. I LOVE these painters so the historical aspect was awesome for me and seeing how Moore utilized the paintings themselves. Girl With A Watering Can painted by Renoir is my favorite painting period. I could stand for hours looking at the original in D.C. The story revolves mainly around Lucien who is a baker's son but has apprenticed and trained under famous painters. Who during the setting of the book are Master's but not quite what they are today. Lucien and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec start out wanting to know if their friend Van Gogh really shot himself in the middle of a corn field. That leads them to many discoveries about all of their painter friends and themselves and how their lives are more interwoven then they ever could believe. There is comedy, debauchery, and a little raunchiness thrown in for good Moore measure. Lucien is up against serious foes; Sacre Bleu and the Colorman are everywhere.<br /> <br /> The reason this rated only a 4 from me would be that I really liked it but I didn't love it quite enough. I have picked this up twice. The first time I got about 100 pages in and it had to go back to the library so I let it go. I was intrigued with the story but not enough to fight for it per se. This tag prompted me to get it and try again. Moore's style is to throw things at you that you wouldn't expect and be truly unique, which is what he did in the beginning of this book. So much so that the supernatural aspect of the book was totally out of place for me at first to the point that is was jarring to me. However, with the second attempt as I got further in it all was perfectly sensible to me and the story and I enjoyed it immensely.<br /> <br /> The historical aspects and research on Moore's part is wonderful. If you like history or art particularly Impressionist art then I encourage you to try this one out. This is one to obtain the actual book and hold it and marvel at it. If you must then at least get the ebook on a color device which is what I did this second go round.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would recomend for highschoolers or others taken by the idea of the parisian art scene
Cliffy More than 1 year ago
A good funny ride.  Not Moore's best work, but still very funny an din the vein of his other works
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Thanks for a fun run thru the art world,
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